Spring Hope, NC (PRWEB) August 31, 2013
Dr. Howard Weeks now offers laser gum surgery for the treatment of gum disease. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is the only FDA-cleared gum disease treatment that uses a laser to remove periodontal disease and stimulate bone growth.
Patients will find that LANAP offers many benefits in terms of both oral health and personal convenience. The procedure removes gum disease while leaving healthy tissue intact, which reduces discomfort and recovery time. The preservation of healthy gum tissue also leaves teeth better protected and helps patients who already have receding gums. The risk of infection that patients face after having LANAP is reduced because there is no unnecessary cutting or removal of tissue, and the laser cauterizes the area that has been treated.
The laser gum surgery begins with Dr. Weeks measuring the depth of the patient's gum pockets. Next, Dr. Weeks uses the Periolase MVP-7, a laser that operates at a wavelength that is not absorbed by teeth, water, or gum tissue. This means that the laser will remove gum disease while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Dr. Weeks then uses an ultrasonic scaling instrument to remove any calculus from below the gum line. Dr. Weeks wraps up the procedure by using the Periolase MVP-7 again and then recompressing the gum tissue against the tooth. The second time that the laser is used, it forms a blood clot around the site and stimulates bone growth, which can help damaged teeth attach to the bone better.
LANAP offers an inviting alternative form of gum disease treatment for patients who are deterred by the thought of conventional surgery. Patients who may need other treatments for oral health problems in the future can benefit from the minimal recovery time and small risk of infection that LANAP offers. Patients can visit Dr. Weeks' website or call his office if they want to learn more or set up a consultation about LANAP.
About the Doctor
Dr. H. Howard Weeks is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for patients in Spring Hope, NC. Dr. Weeks graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, and is a member of the North Carolina Dental Society, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Howard is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the only FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Howard and his dental services visit his website at http://www.drhowardweeks.com and call (252) 477-4412.